Monday, February 21, 2011

New Start (D'oh) + Progress on Hannah Lynn Swip - Intervention required STAT!

Hi Stunners! Firstly welcome to my new followers! Thanks so much for taking an interest, it's greatly appreciated. I didn't realise that comments were blocked on my blog but I fixed the prob and received all of your fun remarks. Thank you!! I hope I don't scare you away too quickly. LOL!!

Okay I know this blog was started as a means for me to cure or at least curb my addiction of new starts, buutttttt - Heaven and Earth designs keep extending the damn Valentines Day sale end date and now I have found myself to be the proud but ashamed owner of 15 new charts!!! Good GOD. It's not my fault. Myself thought that since I cleaned my bedroom she would reward me with 3 new charts, and you can't return a gift that would be so rude! So thanx to me for the charts. Sigh!

So progress so far for the week

Emerald Forest - almost half page done

Spring to Life by Hannah Lynn (another HAED chart) is an ongoing project. I haven't really included this one in the rotation as I'm completing 2 sets of her. One is a gift for a work colleague's daughter as a present for when she was born (The kid is now 3!!) and the other one is for me. The featured project is my one as I haven't started the gift one yet - I'm so hopeless!!! So I kinda pick her up every now and then when I get bored of the one currently being worked on in the rotation and try and chuck about 500 or so stitches into her. It's 6 pages but only 2 are full ones so hopefully won't be too long.

Page 6 completed

Progress for the week 
The lovely fairy is being completed on 25ct Fairy Forest (how apt) Lugana from Stitches and Spice, using 1 strand over 1 full crosses. It's really fun to stitch as the colours are so vibrant and loving the fabric.

And now (drum roll) for the new start. It's another HAED from Jessica Galbreth's "The Vintage Angel" collection called "Release." It's such a beautiful collection. I had to buy "release" as I'm working through the Sedona Method by Hale Dwoskin and it's all about releasing negative feelings and letting go in order to reach a level of peace in your life surrounded by an ocean of love yadda yadda yadda and I thought in my infinite wisdom this would be perfect to remind me to just let go...unfortunately that meant a new start. But I promise to the universe, god and everyone this will be my last start (fingers crossed) until I finish one of my forever seemingly ongoing cross stitches. Honest!

See so pretty. I'm trying out tent stitching for the first time. She's being completed on 28ct White Lugana 2 over 1 tent. So far not so sure how I feel about this method. I've only completed 500 or so stitches so early days. It does of course stitch up much faster but I'm worried about the coverage. What do you think??

Have a great week stunners! Thanks for reading (that's is if you're still reading!) Happy stitching and enjoy every day to the fullest. Mwah xox Alicia


  1. I'm sure the coverage will be fine on 28ct with tent stitches. I'm tenting on 25ct and it's okay to me, somebody would say the fabric shows a little bit (with darker colors) but that's his/her problem. And remember you'll be looking the whole design when she's complete, not the fabric under it ;) (And the distance is different of course, nobody won't get as close as you're right now). I love Vintage collection, just got 'Comfort' myself from the sale :)

  2. It is all looking beautiful lovie....isn't it amazing how much stuff we get done if you don't have to go to to the go back to the trenches tomorrow.....another sigh.

  3. Only 15 new restrained of you (heavy irony heard in the background)....!!

  4. Hey Nina! Comfort is very beautiful too. The collection is just awesome. They art is so evocative - love them. Thanx for the tip re tenting I'm going to forge ahead with it I just love the fact that it's so fast.
    xo Alicia

  5. Mrs. D
    I know pretty restrained I could easily have made it 25. Still got 27 in my wish list. Not getting as much stitching done as I would like. Still have other chores and trying to get my new car organised really detracts from my fun stitchy time. But also getting alot of DVD watching in too. Pretty cool. Enjoy work xoxo

  6. Damn Sales! Lol.

    You are so very kind to yourself! You may have to give myself a good talking to, Myself never buy me anything!! lol
    Though I did some chart swapping with a good friend so I got some new ones.

    Get progress on all your WIPs!

    I love Emerald Forest. I am looking forward to watching it grow.

    Release is stunning!!
    I'm confused by the whole tent stitch thing :(
    But in the picture the coverage looks fine.

    Happy Stitching

  7. Thanx Bec for your support.

    I truly believe that you deserve to give yourself a nice gift chart. You are always making cross stitches or gifts for others and that generosity should now be directed at yourself.

    Re Tent stitching it's just one leg of the full cross so instead of x you stitch / or \ depending on your preference. I've always wanted to try it and thought since this new start was kinda illegal I'd try it out on "release". It is a beautiful chart.

    Have a great week and happy stitching to you too!
    Alicia xo

  8. May be we should set up a chart swap somehow....the ones we have used (or won't be getting to for some time)....I wonder if I would work....and not bring down the Copyright Police upon our heads???

  9. I think you can only swap charts that you have not done. Otherwise you are in violation of the copyright laws. But if anyone knows for sure can u please let me know.

    Anyway there aren't any charts in my stash that I can bear to part with. I want to do them all, my only problem is life expectancy but I'm working on that!!! LOL

  10. Yeah...copyright is a prob....but if it is a borrow....and while someone else is doing the chart you have (technically) one less in your stash, so you look better, and when the other person finishes the chart, you can have it back!!!

  11. LOL! You're right you can so justify anything Mrs. D!

  12. silly question but your charts are beautiful but are they hard to stitch for a beginner

  13. Hello Mother in law from hell - welcome to my blog and thanx for following. No they are not hard for a beginner. If you're worried you can start off with one of the freebie charts on the Heaven and earth website to see if it's for you. They are a little time consuming which is why I rotate so I don't get bored with one. But taking photos and seeing your progress in pictures really helps motivate me as does the amazing support I receive on my blog from everyone. Go for it, it's fun and any frustration you may feel will be worth it in the end. I promise! We are all here to help if you get stuck or have any questions.

    You may want to check out Manbroider's blog. He has a tips and tricks section that he is constantly working on so would be helfpful to see how a truly gifted stitcher works.

    Good luck and let me know how you get along!
    Alicia xo


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